About Christian World Service
The Christmas Appeal is the major Christian World Service (CWS) fundraiser of the year.
CWS is the international aid and development agency of churches in Aotearoa New Zealand. It grew out of the first Christmas Appeal launched by Archbishop West Watson for the National Council of Churches in 1945. NCC sent the first funds to provide relief support in war-torn Greece.
For 77 years, CWS has worked with communities to survive disaster, overcome poverty and have a say in matters that affect them. It seeks to address the causes of poverty and injustice and help people find their way to live in dignity and peace. It finds ways to share the stories and perspectives of our local partners so we can learn from each other and strengthen solidarity. It is grateful for supporters who make this work possible around the world.
CWS provides help where it is needed – regardless of race or religion by
- Funding groups tackling poverty and violence, and helping people build decent livelihoods in their own communities
- Responding to humanitarian emergencies
- Raising awareness of global and local development and justice issues within Aotearoa New Zealand
- Campaigning against the causes of global poverty and injustice.
Christian World Service is a registered charitable entity. Charities Act 2005 registration CC22288. All donations of $5 or more are tax deductible. View our details on the Charities Register.
Want to know more?
Visit our website for a list of our funders, supporting churches and partners as well as our values, history, annual report and personnel.